Elite cycling event could be pedalling its way to the Aberdeen in new year

The Pearl Izumi Series cycling event has visited cities like Edinburgh.
The Pearl Izumi Series cycling event has visited cities like Edinburgh.

Aberdeen is in line to host a national professional cycling event over the next three years.

Aberdeen City Council wants to commit up to £45,000 per year to bring the Pearl Izumi Series cycling event to the city for the first time.

The tour series sees Britain’s fastest teams go head-to-head at town and city centre events during 10 action-packed rounds for the right to be crowned Champions of the Series.

The event is the only British domestic cycle race series to be televised on terrestrial TV.

Teams in action in previous years have included Team Wiggins, formed by Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins and the ONE Pro Cycling team of England cricketer Matt Prior.

Last year saw Scotland host two rounds at Motherwell and Edinburgh.

Councillors will be asked to approve funding to host the event in Aberdeen in May 2017 and commit funding for the following two years.

A report, to go before members of the finance, policy and resources committee on Thursday, said the event would bring “elite cycling” to Aberdeen.

If approved, officers across the council would work to expand the event into a wider celebration of cycling and encourage business, spectator and community participation.

The report added the event would provide “economic benefit and exposure at a national and international level”.


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